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SECRETS OF THE TUDOR COURT: THE PLEASURE PALACE
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
In the first in Emerson's series, it's hard to tell where reality ends and fiction begins. Rich and lushly detailed, teeming with passion and intrigue, this is a novel in which you can happily immerse yourself in another time and place.
Jane Poyancourt flees France with her mother, who dies shortly after their arrival in England. Jane becomes King Henry VII's ward and French tutor to the princesses. As she grows into a confident beauty she's sought by several men, but it isn't until the Duc de Longueville is brought to the tower as a prisoner of war that she's so powerfully attracted to a man that she surrenders to her desires.
Along with Longueville there's Guy Dunois, Jane's childhood friend and would-be lover. Jane realizes that what she feels for Longueville is lust, not love, and she has a mission of her own to complete. She vows to find out the truth about her mother's death. Along the way she becomes a spy for Henry VIII, discovers the mystery surrounding her heritage and gains powerful enemies. Only by her wits and wiles does Jane manage to survive and find true love. (POCKET, Feb., 400 pp., $16.00)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: February 2009